Let me tell you the many ways I love Steel Cut Oats! They are amazing. If you don’t know what they are… here we go. They are the original, un-processed form of OATMEAL. Instead of being rolled, crushed, flattened and dried, they are beautiful little nuggets. And because they are less-processed, they stay with you longer! Now, I have never really loved oatmeal. Sure, give me a packet of Quaker Instant Oats with Maple/Brown Sugar (and add a scoop of brown sugar..), and I’ll gobble it down. But, I may as well have eaten a Snickers bar, really. Steel Cut Oats now, these are entirely different. They have FLAVOR and TEXTURE! I love their nuttiness, and the nice little nugget they are.
Lately I have been making a pot of SCO each Sunday, and packing up portions for the morning. Works great. But, I found this recipe for using the Slow Cooker I couldnt pass up. I was running out of time in the evening to make a pot, so this was perfect, and really – tons faster and easier!
So, here we go….
2-3 Apples of your choice. Cored, and chopped up into 1/2ish chunks. About 3 cups worth. You can peel also, if you wish. This is the part that takes the longest of this whole receipe.
2 cups Milk – use any kind of milk here you want. Skim, whole, almond, coconut… Personally, I used coconut because I had an overabundance of it.
2 cups water.
2 packets of Truvia, or similar sugar substitue (stevia based) – or, if you are wild & crazy, use 2 TB brown sugar.
1 TB Chia seeds. OK, this is optional. But I really love my chia seeds.
1/2 tsp Cinammon (or more!)
1/4 tsp salt (or less!)
1 cup uncooked steel cut oats!
p.s. I added 1 mashed up banana. Optional.
Mix all of the above into a bowl.
Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. This is Very Important. You will probably still have some sticking, but it helps.
Toss everything into crock pot.
Cover & cook on low for 7 hours.
Awakend to a wonderful breakfast made just for you! I typically top with some nuts and maybe an extra splash of milk.
I portion out the oats into about 1 cup portions and toss in the fridge. Then in the morning the rest of the week – a little splash of milk and a couple minutes in the micro and I have a wonderful, totally healthy breakfast.